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2019 Community Reviews:

Edison and the Electric Chair by Mark Essig
“Interesting part of history that I hadn’t considered before. No matter where you stand on the death penalty, this is an interesting history of it.”
Review by JW

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
“Agatha Christie was such a prolific writer that some of her stories are very similar to previous ones. This is one of them.”
Review by JW

Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
“Steinbeck, in my opinion, is such a great storyteller. This one is heartbreaking.”
Review by JW

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
“I love Ray Bradbury and this is one of my favorite books. Lots of great short stories expertly told.”
Review by JW

Boris Karloff: Tales of Mystery by Boris Karloff
“I normally like Boris Karloff but this one was terrible.”
Review by JW

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
"A fantastic high fantasy read for all ages with varied relatable characters, political intrigue, action, normal life, and ethical dilemmas. The codex alena series follows a coming of age time for a young underdog who lacks magical ability in an empire built on it. Despite this he never fails to remain an adventurous idealist as the world around him begins to fall apart at the seams."
Review by Holly R.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
"An amazing debut! I'm not usually one for books in verse, but this slam poetry novel will make you smile, make you angry, make you cry, and make you do a victory dance. Definitely recommend!"
Review by Kristin H.

What Remains by Carol Radziwill
"A beautiful memoir about a fascinating family. Full of heartache and joy, love and loyalty. Wonderfully written to portray the close relationships between two cousins and also a husband and wife as they face the unthinkable."
Review by Jen D.

Man Overboard by J.A. Jance
"This particular book in the series was my least favorite though the tech angle was the very modern, it was a bit far fetched and didn't keep my interest as much as the other books in this series have."
Review by Jen D.

Clawback by J.A. Jance
"This book develops the character of Ali's dad and is a great story of love and loyalty to family in spite of hardships. Money truly is the root of all evil in this story and it hits on relevant themes such as greed and temptation."
Review by Jen D.

Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance
"A great read that keeps your interest with themes such as the cult, human trafficking, and corruption that runs deep throughout numerous decades in a community. I enjoyed the many layers and how the current crime ties to an old cold case that comes full circle."
Review by Jen D.

Left for Dead by J.A. Jance
"A thrilling read full of relevant topics such as border security, human trafficking, drug cartel, and corruption. Sister Anselm is a great character - strong and moral, a blessing to many. I enjoy the varied and interesting characters in the Ali Reynolds series."
Review by Jen D.

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods
"Another quick and engaging read in the Stone Barrington series full of lots of twists and turns and a fun glimpse into the life of the ultra rich who have all tools at their disposal when solving problems that arise. The safe breaker was a fun new angle."
Review by Jen D.

Circe by Madeline Miller
"An enjoyable re-telling of the Greek legends. Getting to know Circe's thoughts helps humanize her story."
Review by P. B.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
"I loved this book set on a Carolina coast. Filled with wildlife biology and a story that draws you in. Kya is a real-life, likable character and the murder aspect was a unique twist."
Review by P. B.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
"Eleanor's journey while uncovering her history is not all that compelling because she is so odd and one dimensional. An alright read, but disappointing for lack of education and entertainment."
Review by P. B.

Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
"Account of an Auschwitz survivor that makes a compelling story, even after reading many stories from this era. This is also a love story and not a very long read."
Review by P. B.

2018 Community Reviews:

Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming edited by Paul Hawken (5/5 notes)
This book is so full of important information about climate change mitigation, yet very readable. Each topic gets 1-2 pages which makes it a good coffee table book. Learn a little more each day. Also a great conversation starter!
Review by Michelle P.

Terrier by Tamora Pierce (5/5 notes)
Disclaimer: I love Tamora Pierce, the world she’s built and her characters. I grew up on these. Coming back, years later, Terrier holds up and is one of my favorites. An interesting look at what justice means, so many sassy characters and pigeon-riding ghosts -- what more do you need?
Review by Michelle P.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (5/5 notes)
“Gay vampire teen romance slash Harry Potter fanfic -- It’s GREAT!”
I was very dubious when given this rec by a friend -- but it is great. This is a fast-paced, easy read, but the author created an intriguing, fresh concept of magic and embedded some nuggets of wisdom. It’s also refreshing to have a novel about characters who are queer without having that be the whole focus. His queerness doesn’t even make Simon’s list of top 5 issues.
Review by Michelle P.

Memories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Intriguing collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. When I finished the book I wished there were more. I think I’ll reread The Hound of Baskervilles and seek out other ACD stories.
Review by Jen W.

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
Interesting book. Entertaining story. Author’s style and speech took some getting used to. Maybe I’ll read something else by the author and give him a second chance.
Review by Jen W.

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
A quick read...always wondering what clues the next page will contain. Horowitz does a great job in matching ACD’s (Arthur Conan Doyle’s) writing style.
Review by Jen W.

Introductions: The Ghost Bird Series #1 by C.L. Stone
I have read other books by C.L. Stone and this did not disappoint. I love the different character dynamics and how relatable I feel to the main character. The plot line pulls you in without doing anything far out of the ordinary. Just a group of kids letting another into their friendship. Simple but the depth of the characters is so complex. Love the Academy Series.
Review by Teasha T.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (5/5 notes)
I enjoyed this book immensely! It is not your typical murder mystery. Looking forward to more books by this author featuring ex-police detective Hawthorne. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.
Review by Susan I.

Proof of Life by J.A. Jance
I liked this new book in the J.P. Beumont series because it tied together a lot of loose ends from previous books in the series. The character development of a longtime regular was completed and it was a great quick summer read.
Review by Jen D.

17th Suspect by James Patterson (1/5 notes)
This wasn’t my favorite of the women’s murder club series -- there were many characters who weren’t given any or very little development in this one. It didn’t keep my interest or have as much storyline as far as their personal lives like the other books do.
Review by Jen D.

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (5/5 notes)
This book is a suspenseful psychological thriller with a twist. I couldn’t put this book down. I will definitely read another book by J.P. Delaney.
Review by Stirling E.

I’ve Got My Eyes On You by Marry Higgins Clark (3.5/5 notes)
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors and this book didn’t disappoint. This book was suspenseful and easy-to-read.
Review by Stirling E.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (4/5 notes)
Behind Closed Doors was a suspenseful thriller. The characters were easy to relate to. Definitely a page-turner!
Review by Stirling E.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (5/5 notes)
Shutter Island is one of the best psycho-thrillers I’ve ever read. Thrilling until the last page with a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
Review by Stirling E.

Traitors (Hotbloods #5) by Bella Forrest (5/5 notes)
I loved the way Bella Forrest makes the characters all different and so relatable. She paints a picture of all that is going on until you are lost in the story. And her 5th book, Traitors is no exception. You are left questioning relationships amidst a war. And wonder whether some characters will even survive.
Review by Teasha T.

Invaders (Hotbloods #7) by Bella Forrest (5/5 notes)
In this book, Bella Forrest dives into very strong emotions, taking you right to the edge but pulling you back at the last moment. And she describes things so fully that when the main character burns for revenge, your blood runs hot too. And all the while a complex plot-line is being spun.
Review by Teasha T.